When humanity transcends global politics

A recent Boston Globe story just blew me away.  Amid the usual uninspiring tales of  the fiscal cliff, famine in Africa, and the overuse of antipsychotics in elderly nursing home patients, today’s op-ed page featured a story of extraordinary human kindness.

It’s a story about a boy. But because the boy is Palestinian, his story is intertwined with geopolitics. The boy was born terribly ill. He got treatment, for years, at an Israeli hospital, financed largely by the Israeli government. And when Israeli doctors felt they couldn’t perform the complicated surgery he needed, they turned to Boston Children’s Hospital, and to a group of mostly Jewish benefactors.  They came together, across borders and boundaries, to save a boy — but they were also well aware of the statement they were making.   Read Joanna Weiss’  beautifully told story here:

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